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Hey Hey, Tampa Bay!

The holidays are in full swing and we’re keeping the good times rolling with the best things to do in Tampa Bay! From a Christmas parade, local market, and a tiki boat, you’ll have plenty of fun things to do this weekend. Not convinced? Keep reading!

Can you hear the sleigh bells jingling? The 2021 Santa Fest Christmas Parade is back at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with the annual Tampa Tree Lighting to match. The parade will kick off at Morgan Street and Madison Street. Once the festivities have made it’s way through downtown, make a stop at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for Santa Fest entertainment and activities. Afterwards, Mayor Castor and Santa Claus themselves will light up the night with the Tampa Tree Lighting. Stay for the movie showing of The Grinch at the park to end a jolly good night!

Pro-Tip: Want the best parade view? Stay along Madison Street!

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 4 | 1:30PM-8PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“ Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Treat Your Mind Body and Soul ๐ŸŒฑ

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Tampa Bay Wellness Festival

Time for some self-care! The Tampa Bay Wellness Festival will be full of all things health, wellness, and good vibes. Get your body flowing with fitness and health classes to participate in, unwind with some live music and snack on some healthy bites with tons of local vendors, food trucks and more. This is a donation based event and there be donation prizes available. The ticket proceeds for this event will be donated to a local health focused community non-profit charity.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 4 | 10AM-5PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“Water Works Park

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Ready to party in paradise? Hop aboard the Totally Tiki Tours Tiki Boat and set sail on the water for an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette, or simply want a fun night out, this is the perfect fit for any special occasion. We highly recommend their sunset cruise for the most captivating view, maybe even spot a few dolphins if you’re lucky! They will provide water, coolers filled with ice, snacks, even a restroom on board. All you have to do is show up and have a good time – you can BYOB, cooler and snacks as you please. Check out both of their locations in Tampa and the St. Pete Pier.

“I was in heaven and could easily spend the day away on the tiki boat, definitely keeping it in mind for future friend visits!” – Kalie

Monday – Thursday | 11AM-9PMย 
Friday – Sunday | 9AM-9PM

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๐Ÿ“ Tampa Location: 3050 N Rocky Point Dr W
Tampa, FL 33607

๐Ÿ“ St. Pete Pier Location: 400 Second Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Good Times and a Good Cigar ๐Ÿšฌ

Cigar Heritage Festival

Step into the history of Ybor and enjoy the Cigar Heritage Festival at Centennial Park. Bring the whole family along for this free event featuring cigars, food, and entertainment! Local venues will be showcasing the history of Vicente Martinez Ybor to get a taste of the Ybor culture and heritage. Find handmade premium cigars from around the world, meet some of the world’s biggest cigar makers, view cigar rolling demonstrations, and more. Cool off with adult drinks, indulge in food and dessert trucks, listen to live music, and explore over 150 local vendors.
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Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 5 | 11AM-5PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“ Centennial Park

On Sundays We Go to the Market ๐Ÿฅ•

๐Ÿ“ท Williamsburg Cucina

Williamsburg Cucina at Hyde Park Village Market

Sundays are for markets in Tampa Bay! If you find yourself in the Hyde Park Village area, stop by behind the fountain and check out Williamsburg Cucina at the Hyde Park Fresh Market on the first Sunday of the month while you’re there. They’ll be featuring gourmet specials and high quality authentic Italian coffeeโ€™s, eats & baked goods! Not only are they Tampa’s premier Italian food truck, but they also offer catering services to bring their delicious sandwiches, coffee, and charcuterie to you. Be sure to ask them about their holiday specialties!

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 5 | 10AM-3PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“ Hyde Park Village

It's Shop o' Clock! ๐Ÿ›

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Caite and Kyla Warehouse Sale

If you needed an excuse to go shopping for some cute clothes…this is your sign to go shopping for some cute clothes. Caite and Kyla’s Warehouse Sale is this weekend and they’ve got you covered with boho-chic clothing, leather handbags, everything you need to style your perfect outfit. We look forward to the end of every season because we know Caite and Kyla are bringing out the warehouse sale, so if you haven’t been already and need to upgrade your closet, you need to!

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Nov. 27, 28, 30
๐Ÿ“ 4899 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33634

If you’re a car fanatic of all kinds, you’re going to want to check out Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance on Saturday Night! This family-friendly weekend-long event brings the most rare original and historically important cars and motorcycles on display for you to check out. Come hungry, they’ll have delicious food, signature “Gaspar’s Grog” cocktails, auction items, vintage fashion show, and more. You may even see Santa Claus himself to kick off the holiday season.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 3-5ย 
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Starting at $20
๐Ÿ“ 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz, FL 33558

Markets, Markets, Markets! ๐Ÿ’

The Market Elaine and The Market Marie

Mark your calendars for two of our favorite upcoming markets! If you’re in the Wesley Chapel area, stop by The Market Elaine this Friday at The Grove to find 65 local vendors, live music, beer, and more to kick off your weekend full of good vibes and local shopping. Can’t make it this weekend? The Market Marie will be in Clearwater the following Saturday with over 80+ local vendors, DJ Dave providing the tunes, and food trucks to satisfy your appetite.

The first time I went to The Market Marie I fell in love! I couldn’t resist stopping by each vendor and taking something home.” – Selena

Event Details
The Market Elaine
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 3 | 5PM-9PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“6013 Wesley Grove Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

The Market Marie
๐Ÿ—“Dec. 11 | 10AM-2PM
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Free
๐Ÿ“ 710 Court St. Clearwater, FL

Spice up your night with some live entertainment for the weekend. Ruth Eckerd Hall and Bilheimer Capitol Theatre have an amazing lineup of live shows and we can’t wait to check them out! Kevin James starts off the weekend strong with a night full of stand-up comedy and laughs on Saturday night. If Friends is your favorite comfort show, you’re going to want to stop by on Sunday night for Friends! The Musical full of your favorite moments from all seasons.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ Dec. 4 – 7:30PM | Kevin James
ย  ย  ย  Dec. 5 – 5PM, 3PM, 7PM | Friends the Musical
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธย  Vary by show
๐Ÿ“ Ruth Eckerd Hall and Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

Calling all sushi lovers, get ready to roll with Kelp Sushi Joint serving up fresh sushi, bowls, and burritos daily. But wait, it gets better – they have tons of specials you don’t want to miss out on. Stay for happy hour and sip on some drinks with friends, enjoy lunch specials, build your own bowl and burrito, even jam out to some live music. We HIGHLY recommend their Crab Rangoon, they make it from scratch every day!

Pro-Tip: Be sure to ask them for their specialty roll of the month!ย 

Daily | 11AM-10PM

๐Ÿ“ 6507 W Waters Ave Ste 9, Tampa, FL 33634

Experience Something New!

On the hunt for holiday gifts? Ourย Shop Small Tampa Bay UNATION Experienceย is perfect for you! ๐ŸŽย  Gift your best friend a 50% off facial from Belamour Aesthetics, a $10 gift card to both Joyful Notion and Hazel + Dot, a 5ร—7 UNATION Tampa Skyline print from Abbie Creates, a dry style, or two braids and sip menu drink from Sip and Dry, and a DIY painted mug from Color Me Mine all in one.

Please note, vouchers can be used on the same day or you can redeem each coupon separately within the 30 day period. Limit 2 vouchers per person.

In the mood for exploring? Treat yourself to aย Day Spent Right in Tampa Heightsย with ourย UNATION Experience! Refresh yourself with a 12 oz glass of kombucha from Flower Crown Kombucha, get your body moving with a Gaze Hot Yoga class, and cool down with a single or standard scoop of ice cream Jeniโ€™s Ice Cream at the Pearl.

Please note, vouchers can be used on the same day or you can redeem each coupon separately within the 30 day period. Limit 2 vouchers per person.

More Events to Check Out This Weekend!

See You Soon, Tampa Bay!

Have a great weekend! Donโ€™t forget to follow us @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram,ย Facebook,ย TikTok, and YouTube to keep up with the best things to do in Tampa Bay!

Selena Perez

Selena Perez

Selena is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bayย City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION appย and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram,ย Facebook, and YouTube.
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